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WikiStage ESCP Europe - London. London, United Kingdom, 2015

How do Investors look at Start Ups and invest their money - explained by the CEO of a 60m € family office, Simone Cimminelli

WikiStage ESCP Europe - Berlin. Berlin, Germany, 2015

WikiStage ESCP Europe - Berlin campus. "When you look at Millennials, many of us don't trust banks anymore." "Many startups fail to have a proper business model. Also, they are lacking in managerial experience running the business". "A hedgehog concept is a very strong concept or idea and it means understanding what the company can become best at, instead of being mediocre." "Technology is an accelerator." "It's not technology that are driving innovation; digitalization is the people."

WikiStage ESCP Europe 8 - London. London, United Kingdom, 2016 Devie MOHAN speaks for the good side of the debate. She works at Thomson Reuters and is a FinTech Market Strategist. She is ranked #12 on the FinTech100 global list. "FinTech by definition came about as an industry forced by the economic crisis as a way of bridging the gap between banks and consumers. Consumers want one thing: they want an easier way of dealing with banks or any financial service and they want an intuitive experience of doing that. Banks were not able offer it, primarily because of the economic crisis - they had complex issues to deal with, new kinds of regulations coming in, they had to cut costs, the margins were literally not there. That is how the FinTech industry really came about, as a way of bridging that gap." The three main things FinTech brands have done in terms of good: (1) Developing new business models. (2) Opening to new markets - FinTechs let anybody open an account. (3) Opening to different geographies and using different kinds of big data

WikiStage ESCP Europe 8 - London. London, United Kingdom, 2016 Reverend Chris CHIVERS speaks for the good side of this debate. He is Principal at Wescott House in Cambridge (UK). "There are only 50 references to sex in the Bible; there are over 500 references to money. The new testament talks more about money than anything else, any other single subject. But it interesting that everyone's perception is that Christians spend all their time talking about sex." "Impact investment model is a post-colonial model of investing, because it is the only model in which there is a true relationship." "Where there is power and money residing in a donor-recipient model, you cannot develop true relationship - you can only develop dependency.
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WikiStage ESCP Europe 4. Paris, France, 2015

"How many of you have seen the movie Shreck? The green ogre with his donkey? Do you remember the beginning, how the movie starts? Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, the king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby daughter. Everyone was happy until they discovered that she was cursed. And so she was kept away in a very high tower, protected by a dragon, waiting for a prince. And here we have our prince Charming, who wants to rescue her. It was he who had chanced this perilous journey through blistering coals, scorching deserts, traveling day and night, risking life and limb to reach the dragon’s den. For he was the bravest and most handsome in all the land. It was destiny that his kiss would save the princess from the dreaded curse. Now, for a moment, if you want to compare this beautiful story to reality, we can very well compare the journey of prince Charming to the journey of every entrepreneur. Blistering coals, scorching deserts, sleepless nights and, of course, dragons. Ok, for the story’s sake, our entrepreneur could be a charming princess as well. So, this journey of entrepreneurship is about survival. We need to survive to reach the end. We all have the basic instincts of survival. And survival requires innovative thinking. Think about your life, think about the time you were faced with an important decision, or a very difficult choice whose results would take you to uncharted territories so that you could adapt to a challenging situation. In our routine lives we are faced with such choices to handle the situations that life throws at us. And how we deal with these choice and how we face the results determines who we are. This is a mindset. And normally we associate this mindset with entrepreneurs. But the truth is that there is an entrepreneur in all of us. In the morning, when we decide to take the road not taken, we are engaging in a small act of entrepreneurship. This journey or entrepreneurship is about choices – the right ones and the wrong ones. It’s about perspectives – optimistic and pessimistic. It’s about learning to fail and making failure an asset. And it’s also about leading without a title. So, this spirit and mindset needs to be recognizes, harnessed and developed. So, when the going gets tough, you get going. I myself have failed many times, I am leaning every day. I have not yet started my own company, but today I like to call myself an entrepreneur. Thank you."